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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)

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What price is too high to pay, even for love? Plunge into fifth installment the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

ebook, 560 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Dec 10, 2014 Kiki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shut-ins
Recommended to Kiki by: A shut-in
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Here's the deal.. this book was SLOW TO THE BONE, but the end result was worth the SLOWNESS. It just took forever and a day to get to the really interesting parts. I definitely liked this a lot more than City of Fallen Angels. I'll admit though after reading TID, nothing will compare to the beautifulness of that trilogy.
Beware of spoilers!

I didn't see a point to this book. Clare really should have ended her series at City of Glass. We all know that. Well, all of us who are not fans of Clare. However, since this book was 534 freaking pages, I figured that I should talk about a few things.

So these two are one person. I mean, Clary said that herself. "Oh, Jace. The only way we can trust each other is if we are one." Yada, yada, yada. Oh, and the fact that they want to literally become one person when they cut
May 21, 2012 hayden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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City of Lost Souls took a while to digest. All night I could feel it in my gut like deadweight. All the subplots and characters and relationships and the fact that so much was going on made this book hard to break down.

But, finally, I woke up this morning and it all made sense. So, seeing as the book has been split into separate filing cabinets in my brain, I'm going to replicate that onto this review:

The Good:

I felt that Lost Souls was more compulsively readabl



Gurl, we need to talk. No, you know what. This is not your fault. This is the author's fault. Before I go on I should say MAJOR FUCKING SPOILERS!!!!!

So, I briefly decided posting a full review where I was going to talk about the series as a whole and all the characters that had these little aborted attempts at plot points. But I think it's time to come clean and confess that somewhere between here and the last book everyone else (with the possible exception of Izzy and Simon)bore the
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
*sobs* May!?!? 2012?!? May 2012?!?
*sobs some more* This cannot be! Really! It's like....too long! Too, too long!
I NEEEEEEEEEEED THIS BOOK! How can Cassandra Clare do this to me--ahh, I mean us! I need this book, like yesterday!

I don't know how I'm going to wait this long!

*sobs, wails, bawls some more.....*
Jul 04, 2012 Emelie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update 12-05-21, finished reading: Wow. Absolutely 'wow'. Spectacular. City of Heavenly Fire, I'm coming for you...

Before reading CoLS (and this applies to CoHF as well)
How. Am. I. Supposed. To. Wait. A. Whole. Year. For. This. One? !!!!!!!!! I want it so badly, right now!

If - and it's not very likely to happen, but IF - the world ends in 2012, and this one has not come out, then I'll be so pissed that even the zombies, or demons, or Mother Nature, whatever, will shit their pants in fear of me.
By The Angel!

Do I actually need to review? Holy Hell! What am I gonna write?

“Kill me, little sister. Kill me and you kill Jace, too.”

Let’s start with the story, as it picks up, where City of fallen Angels left off, the resurrection of Sebastian. As he binds him to Jace, the two became irrecoverably inseparable, what one feels, the other feels the same, the pain, the joy everything. Jace the one Clary loves, and Sebastian the o ne she hates most, and now they are one. The clave wants to summon e
Nov 26, 2012 Saniya marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shadowhunter
FUCK. GOD DAMN AMAZING TRAILER! I can't, I just can't breathe right now. O.O <3
"And I am going to burn down the world."
*Crying* My Man, my man. :'D

Scrolling down as usual on facebook. Lalala, nothing interesting.
*Cover passes*
lalal -Dramatic pause- "WTH? Did I jus-" *Scrolls up!*

"OMG OMG OMG" The cover! xD <3
(LOL! I just love the man in the pic)

Ok. Maybe, just maybe I was expecting Magnus or Alec... but this rocks too! GOD! They look so awesome!
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Two sides of Jace

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This one was much better than the last one. Lots of action. Jace and Clary still can't catch a break. Really the span of the whole series they are apart pining for each other with like a few weeks here and there that they can actually be together. Teenage angst at it's highest. I really wish she would have let them be together a little more in this series. I understand it's a ya series but if you want them to be this awesome powerfully connected couple that you just
Pearl Angeli
Cassandra Clare did a wonderful job once again!

City of Lost Souls, the fifth book of The Mortal Instruments series, picks up where City of Fallen Angels left off. I don't want to give anything away by describing the things that have happened here, but the series already becomes more and more interesting. This sequel is actually a much better response compared to the City of Fallen Angels because all the events here were pretty much powerful and more remarkable.

I love how it started off as a bang
I don't think I can even write a review for this just yet.


PAGE 510-11. KILL. ME.

Lord, help me get through this 2-year wait for Heavenly Fire.

Jun 14, 2012 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

People keep leaving me annoying comments about how if I have nothing nice to say about the new Mortal Instruments books, then I "don't have to read them!" With all due respect, that opinion is wrong; I really do have to read them. No matter how much my loathing for City of Fallen Angels made me disgusted with Clare's decision to write a second trilogy, I have to finish these books. I've invested my time, money, energy and love (yes, love) into them, and that is why I keep reading. B
May 31, 2016 Bangadybangz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow I finished this a while ago! Guess I forgot to share my thoughts...

Um... It was good? Lol
Not my favorite of the series, but I've heard CoHF is amazing, so I'm pumped to read that soon! :D
Oct 15, 2015 May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
Jun 14, 2012 Angelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read the letter, here it is:

To my son,

If you are reading this letter, then I am dead.
I expect to die, if not today, then soon. I expect that Valentine will kill me. For all his talk of loving me, for all his desire for a right-hand man, he knows that I have doubts. And he is a man who cannot abide doubt.

I do not know how you will be brought up. I do not know what they will tell you about me. I do not even know who will give you this letter. I entrust it to Amatis, but I cannot se
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
I managed to stop complaining about this book long enough to finally finish it. Although I do believe that City of Lost Souls was better than its predecessor, it wasn't that much better. I'm still disappointed in the direction that this series decided to go and I still stand by what I said before about the last three books being completely UNNECESSARY.

This series was called THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS for a reason. Three instruments for each of the three books for the first half of the series. Ci
May 20, 2012 Shreya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ok guys, the OMG's and updates had to go because the humongous length of this review. You don't have to read it all if you don't want to, lol. ;D

The official blurb:

“The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed
Cait • A Page With A View
I'm so glad that Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, and Simon are finally stronger characters! I loved every bit with them and would totally give this book 5 stars if they were the only characters.

I'm still not into Clary & Jace and am somehow even more annoyed by them now than I was during that ridiculous incest storyline. Everything just seems like a plot device to keep them apart for the sake of angst and I really don't care. Like first they're siblings, then he thought he'd hurt her, now he's not
Jan 22, 2016 grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 21, 2016 Victoria Hansen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"I don't care," Clary said. "He'd do it for me. Tell me he wouldn't. If I were missing-"

"He'd burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know," Alec said.

Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls is the fifth instalment of the Mortal Instruments franchise, written by Cassandra Clare. It follows the events after City of Fallen Angels, and focuses on finding the missing Jace, who is now working with Sebastian under a spell. The plot is forced and boring, the writing is dull
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
SPOILERS GALORE! So, yeah. Watch out.

Oh, I seem to have kind of forgotten to review this. Well, a mixture of that and the fact that I don't really want to review it because I don't have that much to say.

Giving it four stars was pretty generous. It was actually somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me, but I decided to be nice and go with the higher rating. Don't get me wrong––it was still an enjoyable book. I just feel that at this point, Cassandra Clare is kind of just continuing this series for
Jan 05, 2012 Cait marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Damn. If I can give Clare any kind of credit after, in my own personal opinion, totally destroying the fourth book with Pedward-isms and Clary acting more empty-headed than normal, it's that she can come up with some fine-ass covers especially the piece of fine ass that is Jace.

*looks at it again*


But I swear, on Goodread's good name-omitting any annoying trolls, of course-if this book sucks as majorly as the last one did, I will not, and I repeat, I will not pick up the next one. I al
4 hallelujah now we're getting somewhere stars

Narrated by: Molly C. Quinn

Jace and Sebastian bound together in an unbreakable curse

will the real Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern please stand up...

and Clary is hell bent on saving Jace any way she can ... even if it means playing happy home with Sebastian.

City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Where we get to see a different side to each character...

While we are heavily invested in Jace and Clary's story, I can't d
Rinoa Heartilly
WHAT??? Three motherfcking stars??! is probably how those of you who know of my special relationship with Clare's books are going right now. Hell, I'm more surprised than anyone. But let me explain.

There are two facts that make me appreciate this book 10 times more than all of the other ones in the series combined:

1.) It follows COFA which is the absolute low point of the whole series. Lets be serious folks, it's close to Breaking Dawn bad. Compared to that disaster, COLS was a masterpiece.

2.) S
Sep 16, 2012 Nurlely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book will be as good as the first trilogy. As long as Jace is still included, I will be bliss to read it. Jace is actually the central of attraction to continue reading the Mortal Instruments trilogy. Surely the relationship between Jace and Clary should go on nicely too. Some rough road will be acceptable, but they must not be separated. I will absolutely hate the idea.
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
THE COVER IS OUT! IT'S AMAZING! eeeee (rapid breathing) omgomgomgomg I'm fangirling at the moment.

After reading the book:

By the end of this book, Jace is even hotter than he ever was before. Read the book and you'll know exactly what I mean.
Okay, I'llbe the first to admit that I am somewhat skeptical of COFA and frankly felt not that enthused by everything. I still love it (all plot relating to Jordan, Magnus and Simon is what really kept me going).
But then this books happened.

So yeah, I really felt it in this book.

The Plot: Okay, so I know people are complaining about the gutlessness of certain characters before, but now I can assure you that Clary's got some serious badassey now. I mean before she was okay, but then BAM, she's a
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"I was trying to remember all the deadly sins the other day," he said. "Greed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry..."
"I'm pretty sure irony isn't a deadly sin."
"I'm pretty sure it is."
"Lust," she said. "Lust is a deadly sin."
"And spanking."
"I think that falls under lust."
"I think it should have its own category," said Jace. "Greed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry, lust, and spanking."

Thank the angel. Some of the old magic is back. After book 4 fell into that dreaded "bridge" category, I was sli
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
“Basia coquum," Simon said. "Or whatever their motto is."
"It's 'Descensus Averno facilis est.' 'The descent into hell is easy," said Alec. "You just said "Kiss the cook."
"Dammit," said Simon. "I knew Jace was screwing with me.”

That has to be my favourite line from this novel.

Oh but don't forget this line... cause you know traditions:
“She turned and looked at him. "Ducks?" she said again.
A smile tugged the edge of his mouth. "I hate ducks. Don't know why. I just always have.”

I see the He
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo
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Other Books in the Series

The Mortal Instruments (6 books)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

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“I don't care," Clary said. "He'd do it for me. Tell me he wouldn't. If I were missing-"
"He'd burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know," Alec said.”
“Basia coquum," Simon said. "Or whatever their motto is."
"It's 'Descensus Averno facilis est.' 'The descent into hell is easy," said Alec. "You just said "Kiss the cook."
"Dammit," said Simon. "I knew Jace was screwing with me.”
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